Blackwell's presents an evening with Madison Moore, who will be exploring his new book Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric, an exploration of what it means to be fabulous—and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever.
What does it mean to be fabulous? Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies—looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book, moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, 'Fabulous' includes a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid‑ Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife.
Madison Moore is a cultural critic, DJ, and creative director whose writing has appeared in Theater, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, Aperture, Thought Catalog, Out, Splice Today, and Interview. His work touches pop culture, queer studies, fashion, nightlife, sound, media, visual culture and contemporary art. madison is currently a Research Associate in Modern Moves in the Department of English at King’s College London, where he is also the director of the Queer@King's Research Centre.
Madison Moore will be interviewed by Ruth Ramsden-Karelse. Ruth is a co-convener of the Queer Studies Network and a DPhil candidate in the English Faculty, based at Merton College, University of Oxford. Ruth is primarily interested in drag performances as sites at which gender, sexuality, race and class intersect in their full contextual complexity.
The doors for this event will open at 6:45pm, with seats allocated on a first come, first seated basis. There will be a bar serving an array of drinks available to purchase from 6:45pm-7pm.
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